Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

44 music students worldwide will receive scholarships to help finance their education

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MIAMI (JULY 9, 2020) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today the recipients of its annual Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Scholarships, that will allow 43 talented students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue an education at some of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world. The recipients join the winner of the Julio Iglesias Scholarship, Mar Giménez Marín, who was awarded the Prodigy Scholarship last month to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Since its establishment six years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has allocated more than $5 million in scholarships, grants, musical instruments and educational events throughout the United States and Ibero-America.

“We are extremely happy to bestow these scholarships to music students from all over the world who feel the same passion for Latin music and culture that we do,” said Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “As we continue to work hard to accomplish our mission, we are grateful that we are able to provide support for the next generation of music makers thanks to our generous donors.”

Gifted Tuition Scholarship Recipients

The following three students will each receive the Gifted Tuition Scholarship, with a maximum value of $100,000, which will support a portion of the tuition costs for the university or college of their choice:

  • María Bustos, flutist from Venezuela
  • Diana Valero, pianist from Venezuela
  • Aitana Poey Rodríguez, saxophonist from Cuba

Tuition Assistance Scholarship Recipients

In addition, the following 40 students will each receive the Tuition Assistance Scholarship, a one-time scholarship with a maximum value of $10,000 toward the tuition costs for the university or college of their choice:

Recipient

Principal Instrument

Country of Origin

College/University

Luis Anselmi

Venezuelan Cuatro

Venezuela

Humber College, Canada

José Alberto Aponte Trujillo

Violin

Mexico

University of Houston, Texas

Cristian Ávila

Guitar

Ecuador

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Daniel Ávila

Electric Guitar

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Rafael Beck d’Ávila Mello

Flute

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Santiago Bertel

Piano

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Ruvit Bracho Márquez

Violin

Venezuela

Stetson University, Dilan, Florida

Jimena Caballero

Voice

Mexico

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Bianca Cabili

Upright Bass

Argentina

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Gabriel Chakarji

Piano

Venezuela

Manhattan School of Music, New York

Herbert de Lima

Saxophone

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Arthur de Souza Lima Scarpini

Guitar

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Estefane de Souza Santos

Trumpet

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Daniel Duarte

Piano

Dominican Republic

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Maurizio Fiore

Acoustic Guitar

Venezuela

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Boston

Samuel Frois

Violin

Brazil

The New School, New York

Francisco Garrido

Guitar

Venezuela

The New School, New York

Facundo Goycoa

Guitar

Argentina

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Marco Grispo

Guitar

Argentina

The New School, New York

Alejandro Guillén

Piano

Venezuela

Montclair State University, New Jersey

Sofía Hernández

Voice

Peru

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Álvaro Huancahuari

Saxophone

Peru

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Raúl Marcano

Clarinet

Venezuela

University of North Texas, Denton

Sebastián Marino

Alto Saxophone

Puerto Rico

Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Eduardo Mendoza

Saxophone

Bolivia

Northern State University, South Dakota

Pablo Muñoz

Guitar

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Gabriel Nieves

Flute

Mexico

Conservatorio de las Rosas, Mexico

Marcin Patrzalek

Guitar

Poland

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Rubén Portillo

Classical Guitar

Paraguay

Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Baltimore

Ana Carmela Ramírez Contramaestre

Voice

Venezuela

The New School, New York

Isaac Romagosa

Guitar

Spain

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Oscar Rojas

Piano

Mexico

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Juan Felipe Rojas Triana

Voice

Colombia

Full Sail, Orlando, Florida

Orlando Salazar

Oboe

Venezuela

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Boston

Juan Sebastián Sánchez Duque

Percussion

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

João Semedo

Vibraphone

Portugal

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Cristian Tamblay

Drum Set

Chile

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Daniel Tenes de Oliveira

Drum Set

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Alonso Umaña

Drum Set

Mexico

The City College of New York

Ángela Varo Moreno

Violin

Spain

Berklee College of Music, Boston

The scholarship recipients were carefully selected by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, which is tasked with meticulously evaluating a large and highly competitive pool of aspiring musicians based on a variety of skills and rigorous policies developed by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation. Additionally, the recipients of the Gifted Tuition Scholarship and the Julio Iglesias Scholarship are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and meet the standards of academic excellence set forth by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation and their respective institutions in order to qualify for renewal during their college tenure, which is assessed each semester.

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